Governor quinn hits another wall while trying to close additional prisons in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD-- A Southern Illinois Judge is barring Gov. Pat Quinn from going forward with his plan to close two prisons, at least for now.
Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness cited safety concerns when he issued the injunction Wednesday in Alexander County.
It replaces a temporary restraining order he issued last month and requires the prisons to remain open while the administration and a union go through arbitration.
The injunction covers Quinn's plan to close prisons at Dwight and Tamms, as well as three halfway houses and two youth prisons.
Legislators provided money to keep the facilities open, but Quinn vetoed the funds, saying they should be spent on education.